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tomorrow night, all the news from the final hours of this extraordinary campaign and i will be back at midnight tomorrow night with the very first votes cast in the nation, all ten registered voters in dixville notch, new hampshire, expected to cast their ballots by then. have that live for two shows, 9 and midnight tonight, both live. that's all for us tonight. don lemon is up next. hello, everyone. you're watching cnn. i'm in downtown columbus, ohio. i want to show you what thousands and thousands of people did today. it's early voting in columbus, and all over the state of ohio, voters here got one weekend to cast votes ahead of election day, just one weekend. last election, they could vote on five weekends before the election.
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so, these people bundled up against the cold. i was out there with them today. they waited in very long lines here in columbus. some of them for 2 hours or more, to pick a man to award their state's 18 electoral votes. there's a brand-new poll to show you. a nationwide poll of likely voters who are asked just one question. who do you support for president of the united states? and if you thought the race was close, up until now, take a look at this. 49%, 49%, president obama and mitt romney, nationwide among likely voters. that poll was taken just this weekend by cnn and orc international. three other polls released today show the two candidates tied, as well. talk about nationwide, we have reporter teams traveling with the candidates, and cnn correspondents in all the battleground states, as campaign 2012 comes to an end on election day. and do i have to remind you,
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that is just two days away. let's get to the road now. very hectic travel days for president obama and mitt romney. they hit four states, including virginia, where you see mitt romney right now. he's in newport news. let's listen in. >> i have a clear and unequivocal message. with the right leadership, america is about to come roaring back. we're americans. we can do anything. the only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we've ever known is lack of leadership. and that's why we have elections. this tuesday's a moment to look into the future and imagine what we can do. to put the past four years behind us, and to start building a new future. you saw the differences when president obama and i were side by side during the debates.
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he says it has to be this way. i say it can't stay this way. he's offering excuses, i have a plan. i can't wait to get started. he's hoping we'll settle. americans don't settle. we build. we aspire. we listen to a voice that says we can do better. that better life is out there. it's waiting for us. our destiny is in your hands. two more days. two more days. and we can get to work. we can get to work rebuilding our country, restoring our confidence and renewing our conviction. confidence that we're on a solid path to steady improvement. confidence that college grads four years from now will have
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better jobs. confidence that the single moms working two jobs will have a shot at a better job. and so, on november 6th, we come together for a better future. on november 7th, we'll get to work. now, i need you to reach across the street to the neighbor with the other yard sign. and i'll reach across the aisle in washington, to people who have good faith in the other party. there's much more than our moment. it's america's moment of rene l renewal, purpose and optimism. we've journeyed far and wide in this great campaign for america's future. and now, we're almost home. i had an experience before i went to bed last night that touched me. i was at a rally in inglewood, colorado.
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getting there, we drove through a place called monument, colorado. it reminded me of something that happened many years before, which underscored my conviction that the american people will always rise to the occasion. something very special about the people of this land. we have within our hearts a desire to live for something bigger than ourselves. our family, faith, community, school, our nation. this was at a boy scout court of honor. any boy scouters here? i was one of the leaders in the scouts. so, i was seated up front. one of the formica tables up there. i was next to the american flag. and the scout master who was speaking to the boys was the scout leader from monument, colorado.
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and he described the fact that his boy scout troop wanted to have a special american flag. so, they bought one. they had it flown above the capitol building. when it came home, they called nasa and they said, we'd like you to take our flag and put it on the space shuttle. and nasa agreed. he said, you can't imagine how proud those boys were to be able to watch the tv set and their homerooms at school and see the shuttle "challenger" launched into the air and then they saw it explode on the tv screen. he called nasa a couple weeks later. he said, have you found any remnant of our flag? and they hadn't. he kept calling week after week month after month, finally gave up. until one day he was reading an article in the paper that described the debris from the "challenger" disaster, and it mentioned a flag. so, he called. and nasa said, in fact, we have a presentation to make to your boys.
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nasa came together, the scout troop came together and they presented the scouts with this plastic container. the boys open it up and there inside was our flag in perfect condition. and then he said, that's on the flag pole next to mr. romney. you know why, i just reached over and grabbed it and pulled it out. it was as if electricity was running through my arm. because i thought about the men and women of our space program, and the fact that they willingly walk in harm's way out of a desire to provide learning and knowledge for us. they live for something bigger than themselves. think of our men and women in uniform. and they're willingness to walk in harm's way for us, and our prosperity and our freedom and our future. there's a verse in one of our national hymns that i love, "america the beautiful," that
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begins by describing the beauty of our landscape. but there's a verse that touches me. it begins, oh, beautiful, for heroes, strife. would our members of the armed services please raise your hands and be recognized? thank you. this is a military state, you know that? there are people that bring greater purpose and meaning. i think about my sister. she's a hero, in my view. a hero is defined as someone who's not larger than life, but larger than themselves. my sister, lynn, is in her 70s, her husband passed away a few
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years ago. she has eight children. seven of them are married with children their own. the eighth child was born downs syndrome, he's now 43 years old. lynn devotes her life to making sure that jeffrey has a full and abundant life as he possibly can have. she's a hero to me. think of all the single moms across the country who are scraping and saving to get by, so they can have enough money for a good meal at the end of the day for their children. think of all the dads and moms who are working two jobs so they can buy the clothes that their kids need so they don't stand out and look different than the other kids at school. think about the parents this christmas, who won't be exchanging gifts with each other, so they can have enough to give gifts to their children at christmastime. we're a generous people. we're a great people. this is a time when we need to have leaders who will call us together and bring us together. i will do everything in my power to reignite america's economy,
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rebuild our principles of trust and faith. to make sure our military stays stronger than any other in the world by a wide margin. i'll also work to bring us together. to bring the american people to a conviction that we are a great nation in part because we are so united. this is a challenge which i have for you. i need you to go out and convince people to get behind us to vote, to join our team. one final push will get us there. i know we can make it happen. we're so very close. so, the door to a brighter future, it's there. it's open to us. it's waiting for us. i need your vote. i need your help. walk with me. let's walk together. let's start anew. america's coming back strong. we're going to help our people who need help with good jobs. thanks so much, you guys. virginia is the best. thank you so very much.
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thank you. >> there's mitt romney in newport news, virginia, telling again very familiar stories that he's been telling on the campaign trail. this is a final push. and they're trying to get people out to vote. you heard what he said. i need your vote. we're waiting for president bill clinton as well who is going to speak. you heard from president barack obama last hour here on cnn. president bill clinton is representing mr. obama in st. cloud, minnesota. let's listen now to the former president, bill clinton. >> he would rather give up the 150,000 high-tech jobs. barack obama makes better decisions than that. and i was talking with senator franken backstage. al tries real hard to maintain
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the gravitas of a senator. every now and then he gets back into being a comedian. he said this deal that romney did to try to cover up and make people forget that he opposed the chrysler bailout, by talking about jeep. he said, it's all i can do. i could make a living on that for the rest of my life. now, you remember what he said? he said -- he's trying to convince everybody that he really wasn't against the gm bailout, except that he was. and we got it on record. he tied himself in so many knots, i think he was offered the job as chief contortionist for cirque du soleil. finally he gave that up. and he said, well, president obama is helping jeep move jobs to china. you all saw that, right? out of ohio.
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there, i got you now. i took that personally, because when i was president, our white house actually worked with ohio to bring that jeep plant to toledo. i know a lot about that. the problem with a lot of governor romney's charges, somebody knows a lot about them. they're doing great. they're going to spend $500 million more on the sign. they're going to hire more people, produce new lines and they're expanding in michigan. jeep says it's not true. so, he keeps repeating it. chrysler which owns jeep says, is not true. so, he keeps repeating it. in fact -- and then general motors said it's not true. and he puts a television ad on saying the same thing that he's already been told by the leaders of the american automobile industry. not the president, the leaders of the car industry, it's not
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true. he knows it's not true, and he makes an ad anyway. because he thinks we're all dumb. people are scared about losing their jobs. and they have a lot more money to spend than we do, because of karl rove and the koch brothers and all their secret super pacs, which are raining down dollars. and they put it on. and then, in the greatest move of all, chrysler is majority owned by fiat, an italian car company. then romney says, the president is working with the italians. to move jobs to china. there's this vast and dark conspiracy. i guess next week he'll come after the irish and i'll be in trouble. i don't know. this is the silliest thing --
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look -- >> that is the former president bill clinton in st. cloud, minnesota, representing president obama on the campaign trail tonight. jessica yellin is traveling with the president. i want to remind you, though, if you want to continue to watch bill clinton, can you go to cnn.com/live and you can see the rest of that. i spoke to jessica yellin just a short time ago, traveling with the president in cincinnati. here she is. >> reporter: president obama rallied a crowd here in cincinnati of more than 13,000. he delivered his closing argument, telling the crowd that he, not governor romney, is the candidate of change. he's a candidate that as president voters can trust. he said he will fight special interests and that he is good for his word. listen to this. >> you know, i say what i mean and i mean what i say. i said i'd end the war in iraq, i ended the war in iraq.
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>> reporter: now, don, the mt. is not done from here. he guess to aurora, colorado. colorado, as you know, is a battleground state. very close there. the president is fighting nonstop in these battleground states. he will be back here in colorado. he will also visit wisconsin. that's traditionally a blue state. he should not have to be spending precious final hours there. but he's made three stops there total in these final days. the campaign saying, they can't take anything for granted. they've learned from the past. and that he's wrapping up the campaign with the final stop tomorrow night in iowa, where he says he knows it all began with his first win in the primary back in 2008. he will rally there with mrs. obama. one message he delivers at every stop, go out and vote. the campaign says they believe they will win this election with the numbers. they believe they have the numbers, they just have to get their people to vote. don? >> jessica yellin, thanks.
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traveling with the president in cincinnati. >> at the center of the storm of controversy, ohio's secretary of state came to this program to explain himself. he addresses claims by some democrats that his office has been trying to disenfranchise voters. that's next.
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if ohio becomes the deciding
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factor in the presidential race, we could be in for a long legal battle. a controversy is already brewing here over provisional ballots. critics say the new requirements may be aimed at disenfranchising some voters. cnn's joe johns is digging into the ohio ballot controversy. >> in ohio, it was all about provisional ballots. a provisional ballot is a ballot that people have to fill out, if for some reason their right to vote has been challenged. some states like ohio, a voter needs to show identification to vote provisionally. now, the official dispute is about whether the voter or a poll worker fills out the part of the form that indicates what kind of identification was presented. one side says the form is confusing. so, poll workers should fill it out. the other side, the republican attorney general's side in ohio says the voter should fill it out. this is important, because a mistake on the form could mean someone's vote doesn't get counted. so, guess what?
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if ohio is the state that decides the election, and it turns out to be razor-close there, even if a judge makes a decision before election day in this case, it's now been filed, the decision is subject to appeal, which is suggesting to some people already that we're looking at the litigation. and ohio that has the potential to affect the election. and it could take a long time to come through all those provisional ballots. don? >> as joe has been saying, some critics say ohio's secretary of state is trying to confuse or disenfranchise thousands of voters by adding this new requirement for provisional ballots. i sat down with him tonight and asked him about the new requirement. >> it's about who fills this out, whether the voter does or whether the poll worker does. and the court, we've already been through litigation on this. step one and three of this process, the court said, is the responsibility of the voter, we issued a directive on that.
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and now, step two is being challenged essentially. what's in step two is where you put your identification. your driver's license number, your social security number. we believe that the voter is the person that's in the best position to be able to put that information on there, not the poll worker. if the information is wrong, the ballot won't be counted. we want the voter to be counting that so there's no mistakes. so, they're votes will be counted. >> according to the lawsuit filed, this is contrary to a court decision on provisional ballots a week ago, and a controversial statement made by attorneys. what it says here, the poll worker, the election official shall record the type of identification provided, social security number and on and on, and not the voter. so, they're saying you're trying to change the law here. >> this is the way it's been for several elections in the state of ohio. to do the form differently and to administer it differently would be the change. what we're doing is consistent
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with the way elections have been run. and understand, this is like casting a vote. we wouldn't want the poll worker to cast a vote for someone else. we want the poll worker -- we want the voter to do this, so it's right and their vote will be counted. >> does this have the possibility of having provisional ballots, hundreds of thousands of them tossed out as this group who is -- >> oh, no, what we're talking about are a handful of ballots in the big scheme of things. >> ohio's secretary of state john husted. opponents have filed a motion in court saying ohio's provisional voters are being treated unfairly. he has three days to respond. with two days and counting, every vote counts. especially in swing states like here in ohio. last month, the u.s. supreme court allowed the state to keep the polls open for three days leading up to the election date. this morning, in african-american churches the push to vote went straight from the pulpit to the pews to the polls.
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this is how sunday sounds at the st. john ame church in columbus, ohio. >> i believe i can fly. say yes. say yes. >> an energetic mostly african-american congregation in the state that could decide the next president. like black churches across the sunday, this sunday, the flock is literally being driven to vote. it's called souls to the polls. and the pastor is making it a tradition. why is it so important to get people out? >> because we cannot afford to deny ourselves the right to vote. we ought to vote. we have done too much, come too far not to vote in this election. >> fired up? all right. >> after the sermon, they climb aboard the church bus. 63-year-old eugenia williams says she's bringing everything she could find at home with her name on it, to prove who she is.
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why are you taking your soul to the poll today? >> it seemed to be an important issue to get there early. that's what the president wanted, and that's just been driven and driven and driven. and i'm lagging, because i didn't go earlier. >> i like the fellowship of my church. it's another family to me. and i just thought it was the right time to go, and make sure that i did get to the polls to vote. >> by the time they get there, something else they may want to pray over, a sea of early voters. hundreds in line in front of them. my goodness. >> where's the end? >> this line, is it worth it to wait in this line? >> oh, yeah, of course it is. i'm not saying i'm going to wait until midnight. but it's certainly worth waiting. don't you think so? >> i think the right to vote is worth waiting for, yes, it is. >> and i'm going to do that.
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>> but it may just take a while. you know this political season, as it rolled on, we all got slammed day in and day out with rhetoric and party line direction. on this show, we cut through the spin and we called it no talking points. some of the best next.
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there's a little good news for homeowners affected by sandy. sandy was not classified as a hurricane when it made landfall. this allows governors to allow it as an emergency. businesses that help companies
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that lose revenue because of an unexpected shutdown, but it doesn't cover businesses that just lose power. the donation for relief efforts is rolling in. people are helping victims of sandy in near record numbers. officials from the american red cross say this is the biggest outpouring of donations for any u.s. disaster in the last six years. that's this week's getting down to business. it is time, now, for no talking points. the art of the political dodge, seems all politicians are skilled at it. with debate coaches, aides, analysts, speech writers, they should be. dodging that troubling question can be just as important as
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providing that game-changing, momentum-building moment. for example. there's a topic change. >> texas has one of the highest rates of uninsured children in the country. over 1 million kids, you did not get an opportunity to respond to that. what do you say to -- how do you explain that? >> you can't have access to some of the finest health care in the world. but we have a 1,200-mile border with mexico, and we have a huge number of illegals coming into this country. and they're coming into this country because the federal government has failed to secure that border. >> then there's the dismissal. >> is that true? did you follow her on twitter? and if so, how did you find her? what was the reason? >> i have said this a couple ways, i will say it again. i'm not going to permit myself to be distracted by this issue any longer. >> you are the one who said -- that you were hacked and that's a criminal -- >> dana, let me. i'm going to have to ask that we follow some rules here. one's going to be you ask the questions i give the answers.
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>> that is reasonable. >> and, of course, there's the -- i'm just going to ignore you completely dodge. >> governor, what's your stand on fema? would you eliminate fema if you were president? >> why wouldn't you answer any questions on it? >> you know, but all our polling indicates that you don't want to hear talking points. you don't want to hear them. you want direct answers. you want to hear about compromise and progress being made by the lawmakers you elected. so, we asked all of our guests on our show not to come on and repeat partisan talking points. that, by the way, is how this no talking points segment was born
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during the primaries, it started about a year and a half ago, when senator rand paul tried to dodge my questions about the debt ceiling debate with talking points. if the u.s. does default, who do you think will be to blame here? will it be the president? the democrats? the tea party? republicans? who's going to be to blame here? >> the president should have taken the fault off the table. we have legislation that would require him to pay the interest on the debt. require him to pay social security checks and require him to pay the soldiers salaries. so we have never been for default or reneging on any checks. the president has put that on the table in a grand elaborate game of chicken. we've always been opposed to that. we think he should reassure the markets and that there's plenty of -- >> mr. paul, i'm going to ask you again. a simple answer to my question, if we indeed default, who's going to be to blame? >> i don't think we should default. if we do, i say it's the president's fault. >> you should know that the public is really frustrated right now. they don't know what's going on. they don't understand why we
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haven't come to some sort of consensus or you guys haven't come to some sort of consensus. you want some answers. are you feeling that in washington right now? >> well, you know, we've been continuing to offer compromises. about 30 minutes ago, i was on the floor, and i offered to vote for the rebuild. while many in the media -- >> hang on. again -- >> you're in the middle of my answers here. >> i'm asking you to answer the question. i don't want talking points. with all due respect. do you feel the public sentiment in washington? >> this isn't a talking point, i'm trying to tell you what we did 30 minutes ago on the floor. >> i'm not asking you what you did. with all due respect, i'm asking you if you feel how the public feels in washington. you don't have to tell me what you did. but are you feeling? do you understand how people feel about this? >> we're just getting started. the best of no talking points next.
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before the break we showed you how no talking points got started. on this final weekend before the election. let's take a little trip down memory lane. here's some of our best memorable no talking points moments. it's time now for our ongoing segment no talking points where we hold newsmakers accountable to answer direct questions without rhetoric and spin. >> i know up close and personal how devastating high taxes are. i understand how high taxes destroy jobs. >> in iowa, many of us tried and tried to get some direct answers from michele bachmann, with no luck. instead, we got caught up in media scrums like this one. do you think african-americans are hurting themselves because they are supporting this president, when sometimes he has not had their interests at heart? >> it is clear, with direct to
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the candidates, that it will have impact on african-americans. >> i'll put it a little bit simpler. is it harder for a black person, whether a constituent or congressperson or lawmaker to constructively criticize this president because he is african-american? >> we support the president. we don't always agree with him. >> are you concerned about the fact that these women do want to -- >> what did i say? >> are you concerned about -- >> excuse me. excuse me. >> no known -- >> the question is, what part of running for leader of the free world does herman cain not understand? you're going to be asked questions, a lot of them, on just about everything you've ever said or done. especially sexual misconduct allegations. >> are you saying that the owner of a restaurant, a private restaurant should be able to decide whether or not to serve black people?
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>> what i'm saying is, i'm challenging individuals to say what is private property. >> a direct answer to that question, regardless of political party would be a simple yes or no. the president and the debate. >> where was obama tonight? >> mr. president. >> i'm sorry, yeah, yeah, what's up? >> governor romney has just said that he killed osama bin ladin. would you care to respond? >> no, you two go ahead. >> with all due respect, mr. president, if you want to show the right, left and in between that you're not, quote, out of your league, then stop looking at your notes. look people, no matter who they are, dead in the eye, even when you're tired, down or even intimidated and stand up for yourself, because no one else will. is mitt romney trying to move more to the center? what does his statement mean? >> well, first of all, mitt romney is going to be a pro-life president.
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he's talking about what voters care about, which is jobs, the economy, rising deficit. >> hang on, ron. we're not going to do talking points here. i asked you a simple question. >> i didn't ask you about the economy, we can get to that. that's a different issue. i want you to take a look at this pew research poll. they already have paul ryan as the winner. do you agree with these polls? >> not that one, i certainly don't. vice president biden has a big heart. he's going to tell the truth tonight. which is going to, i think expose to the nation the extreme positions of this paul ryan and his budget. >> we have a short time together. and i want to stick to the debate and not the talking points when it comes to them. let's stick to the question and end. and that's tonight's no talking points. [ male announcer ] one in four americans can't sleep.
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theoretically, the federal reserve is independent of the president and the executive branch of government. the president appoints the chairman of the fed. so, it matters to you who sits in that seat. allen binder is a professor of economics at princeton university.
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thank you for joining us. it's good to see you. let's talk about ben bernanke's fed. has it had more of an influence on our economy, our markets and the economy than the fed's mission would dictate that it has? >> well, that's a hard question to answer, because the fed's mission is to promote maximum employment and stable prices. as you just said, the price level -- the inflation rate's been very stable over the bernanke era, as it was in the later part of the greenspan era. the fed has been working over time so to speak, both figuratively and literally on its employment mandate. and it still is. it's been -- what's clear has been activist by historical standards. >> cnn got an exclusive sitdown interview today with house speaker john boehner. what he says about the state of ohio may surprise some people. next.
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here in ohio, house speaker john boehner is on a three-day tour of his native state trying to propel mitt romney into the white house. he says he knows what's important to ohio voters. and he had some grim predictions about the fiscal cliff facing the nation. he spoke exclusively to cnn. here's dana bash. >> reporter: don, our producer deirdre walsh has been traveling with john boehner on his three-day bus tour through ohio. he's been campaigning for romney. but they stopped at a sports bar. and she spoke with him exclusively about romney's prospects in that critical state. >> romney will do well in ohio. polls don't decide elections. voters do. and listen, i've been around ohio. i've done this trip around ohio for a lot of presidential races in the past.
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everyone i think ohioans vote with their wallets. that's why i think romney's going to win on tuesday. >> so, you're confident that he can pull out a win here? >> very confident he's going to win on tuesday about. >> reporter: boehner did admit that the president has gotten traction in ohio because of the auto bailout. he insists not everyone there was for it. no matter what happens on election day, congress and the president have to immediately turn to the issue of the fiscal cliff. the speaker was really pessimistic to cnn about any major effort during the lame duck session to do more than just a temporary fix. he even admitted that could be tough to get through. don? >> dana, thank you. there is, of course, another big pressing story. not just this election. new information on the cleanup of hurricane sandy, next. ñç@rño
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last month the u.s. national soccer team advanced in the world cup qualifying. and for some of the players, representing the united states is a source of pride rooted in their racial identity. george howell explains. >> mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall. >> reporter: this year marks the 25th anniversary of that famous phrase. but the impact of the u.s. military buildup in germany during the cold war is still being felt today. in an unlikely place. the soccer field. a half dozen sons of american soldiers stationed in germany, born to german mothers have
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elected to play for the u.s. national soccer team, rather than germany's in the last few years. for some, this decision relates to their racial identity. danny williams and the other five players all have african-american fathers. >> what does it mean to be biracial in germany? versus being biracial here in the united states? >> people look at me in germany, they know i'm not 100% german. i told my parents i feel more american than german. >> reporter: jermaine jones was the first of this recent wave from germany to joint american soccer team. >> i'm different. when you see me, to german people, i'm a different guy. i'm mixed. >> reporter: unlike williams, whose american father raised him in germany, jones grew up in a single parent household. >> my mom and he went their separate ways when i was young. it was hard, too, to grow up with no dad.
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>> reporter: but since moving to the u.s., jones has rekindled his relationship with his father since deciding to play for the u.s. after scoring his first goal for the stars and stripes, he performed a tribute to his soldier father. you gave a salute to your dad? >> yeah, he called me after the game. thank you. my mom, my brother, everybody sees it. and everybody's proud of you. >> reporter: a simple gesture of pride. but one rooted in history. george howell, cnn, miami. soledad o'brien explains provocative questions about skin color, discrimination and race. who is black in america, the documentary premieres sunday december 9th only on cnn. one week after hurricane sandy roared ashore, the death toll has climbed to 110 in the
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u.s. tents are set up in hard-hit staten island, where food, water and clothes are being handed out. the mayor says up to 40,000 people in the city may need at least temporary housing. about 1.5 million people along the east coast still are without power. that's down from more than 2 million earlier today. there's also word tonight that workers have secured the damaged crane above new york city's west 57th street. all streets in the area are now being reopened. a check on some of the day's nonpolitical news is next. including a young boy mauled to death at a zoo.
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checking some of the stories making headlines right now. a group of african painted dogs killed a young boy who fell into the exhibit sunday at the pittsburgh zoo. police are investigating. the zoo is closed indefinitely. the zoo staff tried to save the boy who was about 3. they shot darts to scare the dogs. one dog was killed in the rescue effort . that gunfire erupted today in tripoli. one person was killed when two militia groups traded fire. one of the groups recently was ordered to disband after its members tortured a prisoner to death. gas is in short supply in libya. workers at a key refinery are striking. they want better medical treatment for wounds suffered in libya's civil war.